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Charges against priest dropped

Charges of embezzlement against Fr. Richard Fritz have been dismissed in St. Joseph County Circuit Court. Fritz was accused of stealing more than $100,000 from Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo while serving as pastor for St. Mary’s in Bronson and St. Barbara’s in Colon. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough would not comment on his decision to request charges be dismissed …

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Residents for group against proposed solar farm

Following up on a matter raised July 18, Mendon-area resident Norma Switalski asked St. Joseph County commissioners Tuesday again for their support against a proposed solar farm. She was one of half a dozen residents from Mendon and Nottawa townships who addressed commissioners two weeks ago about the potential development. A Minnesota-based company over the past few years has acquired …

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Fundraiser for Michigan vet planned

A fundraiser to help with costs of constructing a house for U.S. veterans injured in combat will take place this weekend in Park Township. The eighth annual Homes For Our Troops hog roast fundraiser will be 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Jim and Peggy Fassett’s farm, 54010 Parkville Road. Peggy Fassett said the recipient of this year’s event is …

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Constantine declares property a public nuisance

Constantine village officials are investigating a residence found to be grossly out of compliance with the International Property Management Code. Code enforcement Officer Mike Haydon during last month’s village council meeting said the residence in question is at 680 White Pigeon Road. Haydon said he has attempted to contact owners but without success. After securing an administrative search warrant, Haydon and …

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Next river cleanup planned

The fifth of seven river-cleanup events of 2017 takes place Saturday in Sherman and Nottawa townships. The St. Joseph County Conservation District is seeking volunteers to assist with the task. It is asking prospective volunteers to register in advance so an accurate number of kayaks, canoes and lunches can be reserved. Saturday’s cleanup will focus on a stretch of the …

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Miller calls for new lock

State Rep. Aaron Miller has called for Congressional action regarding the need for a new lock at the Soo Locks facility in Sault Ste. Marie. The call from Miller follows a July 18 tour hosted by state Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, and state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, of Traverse City. The tour, which included legislators and other government officials, provided …

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